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Star Wars Reads Month

READ. THIS IS THE WAY.  Celebrating its ninth year, Star Wars Reads month is all about reading and learning about your favorite “galaxy far, far away.” The Star Wars Reads webpage has activity sheets, reading logs, and other fun ways to celebrate. Create your own reading buddy by making your own Desktop Porg!  Supplies Needed:   white copy paper or…

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Young girl painting a pumpkin.

Harper College Experience Day

Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? Harper College is having a month-long event to give students of all ages interactive and fun learning opportunities. Maybe this will give you some ideas about what you'd like to study! Each Wednesday in October, a new activity will be posted and is…

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Be Who You Are

Todd Parr is the author of over 50 children's books that are full of fun, positive messages. Be Who You Are Day on September 30 includes activities that help kids celebrate what makes each of them special. Here are some ways to celebrate! Tune in at 8:00 a.m. on September 30 for a live…

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Young girl stares at art in a museum.

STEAM Saturday: Virtual Museum Visit

Exploring works of art helps children understand the world around them in many ways. Art gives kids an opportunity to talk about design (colors, shapes, lines) and learn about history and cultures through the art's subject matter. Art appreciation can help younger kids describe what they see, learning to put their thoughts into words. The…

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STEAM Saturday: Messy Outdoor Activities

The Artful Parent is a great resource for art activities appropriate for a wide range of ages, toddler through school age children. Check out the website or the book. Warm days are the best time to try messy hands-on activities outdoors. Three favorite messy activities from the Artful Parent are making oobleck, melting ice, and playing with cloud dough.   Oobleck 1 ½ -2 cups…

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Pick a coloring page and print 2 copies, color one page and leave one blank.

Art for Alden Gardens

Try this activity to create art at home and also brighten someone's day! MPPL is partnering with Alden Gardens, an assisted living facility in Des Plaines, to help kids and senior citizens connect through art. Here's how it works: Pages will be held until safe to distribute. Coloring page ideas:  Every Child a Reader Coloring Page, Crayola…

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Maker Monday: Four Ways to Paint Without a Paintbrush Supplies:  something to cover the table, like newspaperpaper to paint on4 items to paint with: Q-tip, straw, popsicle stick, something to use as a stamppaper plate or bowlwashable paint Steps:         1. Use a Q-tip to dip in the paint and make dots on the paper.        2. Use an…

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Maker Monday: Newspaper Animals

What's your favorite animal? Explore animal features by drawing your own. Supplies:  Photos or drawings of animals, newspaper pages, construction paper, scissors, glue, markers or crayons Steps:      1. Choose an animal to make. Get inspiration from books and photos in National Geographic Kids, or animal books on our e-Library in Overdrive and Hoopla.…

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